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Cloudy tonight with low
est temperature above freea
inx- Sunday, rain or mow
and colder. Temperature at
It a. nu, 43.
Two Birthdays?Good
Silk Shirt to Breadline.
Who Killed Mr. Taylor? '
Folly in Filmland.
(Copyright, 1822.)
Lincoln's Birthday tomorrow.
Re wu mistaken when he wrote
to A. G. Henry in 1S58: "l
now sink out of view and shall
be forgotten." Most briefly put,
what is the secret of his suc
cess? He knew how to trans
form knowledge into wisdom.
To understand the difference is
the beginning of wisdom.
This day is an important
birthday also. Thomas A. Edi
I son is seventy-five years old
?nd still working. He is the
most distinguished citizen of
this Republic?and that is some
thing in a nation of 100,000,000.
The world knows whrft he is.
You could see it when Foch
met Edison at Judge Gary's
big dinner. In the parade past
the French marshal everybody
was perfunctorily introduced
?nd as perfunctorily greeted.
Fifty or a hundred time mil
lionaires, great industrialists,
newspaper owners?most impor
tant in their own opinion?all
looked alike and all looked like
nothing to Foch. Edison's name
pronounced in the usual way
made no impression. But Judge
Gary repeated it, with a fine
French accent, as follows:
"Aydeesong, , c'est le grand
, Aydeesong, Monsieur le Mare
"Ah, c'est le grand Edison!"
exclaimed the marshal, as excit
ed as though you said. "This Is
4 Christopher Columbus." This
evening raise your convivial
glass?of water?and drink to
Edison, the American that the
World knows.
In front of St. Mark's Church
in New York city there is a
bread line 1,500 men long on
the average. That's a bad be
ginning. Many in that bread
line, toward the end of the
War, were selecting $12 silk
Shirts, most fastidiously, and
asking the man in the shoe
shop if he didn't have anything
better than the $18 shoes.
This column, about once in
ten tynes during the boom,
urged workers to remember
that high pay wouldn't last and
to keep some.
Sooner or later good times
will come back. Then again
this and other columns will
say: "Keep some of it." But
always there will be a rapid
jump from the silk shirt counter
to tne breadline. That is why
| a few Xftve much money und
the great majority have none.
, Those that need the lesson
?ill learn from reports of the
Taylor cinAna murder that it
doesn't pay to have too many
young ladies writing you let
ters, ending with nine small
crosses and one big cross.
Amusing while it lasts, it
doesn't LAST long.
After the bulldog had torn
out the parrot's feathers that
bird said: "I know what's the
matter with me, I talk too
Many men could learn f*>m
details of the Taylor killing
what is the matter with them.
It is a mystery to delight
The killing is done with a
bullet fifteen years old. There
fore the person that killed did
not often use firearms.
Little details that go with the
f' shooting of elderly men, pink
kimonas, silk night shirts, called
"nighties" by the reporters,
?tc., were not missing. They
figured also in the Blwell case.
More interesting than the kill
ing by some drug-crazed woman
or jealous man is the psychologi
cal study involved in the dead
man's funeral?a Japanese movie
actor standing rigid throughout,
an officer with raised sword
Standing by the coffin, the corpse
dressed in a military uniform,
Canadian soldiers as a jruard oi
honor, Scotch musicians in their
It was complete as a movie
murder and a movie funeral.
Foolishness blames the moving
picture industry for the folly of
a few individuals. You tee in
film-land what has Ix-en seen a
thousand times?sudden wealth
going to the minds of unbalanced
men and women and driving
them to folly or worse. Great
incomes suddenly pour in upon
* those that had nothing. With a
$.',00,000 income, they try to buy
what they conceive to be $">00,000
worth of excitement and pleas
ure. There is not that much of
a legitimate, harmless kind for
sale?especially not for an un
educated mind. Prink, drugs.
Immorality, and finally tragedy
crop up here and there. But to
denounce the moving pictures,
greatest teacher of men. is as
foolish as it would be to de
nounce the printing press, be
cause an occasional printer gets
drunk or an editor here and
there shoots his competitor.
The Reverend Dr. Straton will
fight all teaching of Darwinian
theory In schools.
The doctor was disturbed
"when my own son. a high school
boy, came home with figures
about the antiquity of man " Dr.
Straton knows how other good
* men felt years ago when their
Jjoys came hom* with theories
about the earth heinir round. It
js shocking at first, but you
used to it.
* ?
Mabel Normand Is Grilled for
Four Hours by Prose
Bj IntimallMuU News Serrle?.
FRESNO, Cat., Feb. 11?Sheriff
W. F. Jones, of Fresno county, left
here early today with a posse to
* mi it wind a cabin at a point on the
San Joaquin river where a ranch-,
er reported a man giving the name
of Sands and answering the de
scription of Edward Sands, sought
in the W. D. Taylor murder mys
tery at I<os Angeles, had been liv
ing the past few days.
J. M. Cobb, the rancher, declared
the man in the river cabin an
swered the police bulletin descrip
tion of Sands in all major particu
? Sheriff Jones was so impressed
by Cobb's story that he decided to
question the man at once to ascer
tain whether he Is the missing
latornattMal Men HwiIihi.
U)s Angles, Calif., Feb.
111.?After a fotrr-howr Confef
lence late last night between
(Mabel Normand, BCreen star, and
| District Attorney Thomaa Lee
jWoolwine, which officials said had
shed no new light on the slaying
J of William Desmond Taylor ten
jdays ago, investigators today are
| continuing their tireless probe of
(new clues, including the recovery
late last night of a blood-stained
cap, which has been partially
identified as the headgear worn
by the man seen leaving the Tay
lor home the night of the murder.
Found On Burglar Suspert.
The rap, light brown In color,
hut made In auch a manner that ft
might have given the appearance of
a plaid, was found last night In the
possession of Walter Thlele, who
was booked on suspicion of a burg
lary committed the night Taylor
was shot.
On the' visor of the cap officers
found a blood stain. The prisoner
was unable to give a satisfactory ex
planation of this coincidence or how
the cap came into his possession.
Investigators today are questioning
the man further in an attempt to
ascertain if he might have any
knowledge of circumstances sur
rounding the murder.
Two detectives were sent out to
search Thiers room. They stated
later they believed the possibility
that Thiel may know something of
the murder was remote, but that
nothing would be overlooked in their
It wan learned this morning by
the International News Service that
District Attorney Woolwlne's corps
of investigators have under surveil
lance a man whose Identity Is being
kept strictly secret, but who Is be
lieved to know more about the case
than he revealed at conferences at
the district attorney's office.
I-eft Sick-Bed
Miss Normand left a sick-bed, her
friends said, to go to Woolwlne's
office. After the conference she ap
peared to be calm and composed
and smilingly allowed camera men
to "flash" the scene as she walked
to the elevator on the eleventh i
floors of thrf Hall of Records build
District Attorney Woolwlne de
clared today that, while every phase
of the case was d.scussed during
his conference with Miss Normand
nothing was obtained which shed
any important light on the tragedy.
The prosecutor stated that the
screen star, who was the last per
son known to have seen Taylor
alive, appeared to havo made a
frank statement regarding her
friendship with the slain director
nnd her final visit to his home
shortly preceding the murder.
"Miss Normand talked freely and
for a long time, while w* discussed
the case Informally.",said Woolwlne.
"She Is a very bright girl and seemed
perfectly willing to help In running
down the person who killed Taylor.
She Issues Ntatoment.
After the conference, Miss Nor
mand, through her representative. A.
MacArthur, issu<d the following
"No one ever will know how I
regret ihe terrible tragedy. I have
told truthfully everything I know
and am very sorry, Indeed, that I
cannot offer any solution whatever
as to the motive which prompted
this terrible deed.
"I have satisfied the Los An
' (Continued on Page 2, Column 6J
Slain Film Director
With May McAvoy
William Desmond Taylor
Talking Over a Picture
With Popular Actress..
|State and County Officials Join |
In Crusade?$25,000,000
Involved in Recent Failures.
International News Smlce.
JfKW YORK, Feb. 11.?State and
county officers and officials of the
New York stock exchange today an
nounced they had begun a fight to
the finish to save the Investments
of thousands of men and women In
every State In the Union who In
trusted their funds to members of
the Wall 8treet "bucket shop ring"
within the past few weeks.
Twenty-five brokerage firms, the
majority of them members of the
ring, went to the wall within the
last two months, after being caught
I In the rising market. It Is esti
mated that the total liabilities of
I these shops will be more than
' *25,000,000.
The "bucket shop ring" has be
come so br&ren that Selmour L.
[ Cromwell, president of the New York
stock exchange. In an exclusive in
terview given to the International
News Service, explained the efforts
that the exchange is making to
"clean house" of all firms that will
not abide by the rules. He said in
"We shall clean our own house,
| then. If the public wishes to trade
I outside. It does so at its own peril.
We are regulating the exchange.
It Is up to the authorities In every
| community to see that outside
brokers obey the law."
A committee of stock exchange
members, alarmed at the widespread
| activities and boldness of the
"bucket shop ring" is preparing a
report that will be submitted to the
main group within the next week,
it is believed.
ST. wms, Mo., Feb. 11.?Clar
ence J. Curby, thirty-six, vice presi
dent of the Smith & Davis Manu
facturing Company, was found dead
today in the gun room of his home.
Members of the family declared he
was killed when an automatic pistol
which he was cleaning, accidentally
According to members of the
family. Curby, Just before starting
for his office, declared he was "going
to clean a gun."
DETROIT. Feb. 11.?Henry Ford
today sent the following message of
congratulations to Thomas A. Hdison
upon his seventy-fifth birthday:
"Please accept my hearty con
gratulations on your seventy-fifth
birthday. At that age most men's
work is done. Yours Is Just begin
ning. The world needs to be shown
the way out of its confusion and you
can greatly help."
"The Book of Magic" to be riven
away with The Washington Time*
Sunday Morning la more wonderful
than ever. It contains many Val
entine Day novelties and lota ?(
games and tricks.
ATOKA, Oki?.. Fab. 11,?*o11o%JimT
(bo murder of Cor* Jtmea here Thu??
day and the arnxt of Bam W^tklns.
charged with the evim*. * h?KTfly
armed mob of about 260 man at
tempted to lynch Watkina here laat
The mob threatened to break down
the Jail, but was assured by County
Attorney Sander* and 8herlff Philips
that the prlaoner w&a not In the Jail.
A committee was permitted to go
through the building and satisfy Itself
that Watklns had bwn removed.
Sheriff Philips hoard of the gather
ing of the mob and spirited Watklns
away to an adjoining county.
CHICAGO, Feb. IX.?"Rough lan
guage" used by Mrs. Euphemla Ful
ler, deaf and dumb, waa said by
her husband, also deaf and dum,
to have caused their marital differ
ence* when he testified In his
suit for divorce Friday.
"She could say so many things
on her fingers she wouldn't dare
to say out loud," Fuller explained
to Judge Sabath through an inter
RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 11.?
Searchers Friday afternoon at 3:15
o'clock found another charred body
In the ruins of the Lexington Hotel,
the total number of known dead
now being seven, with an equal num
ber of guests listed as missing as a
result of Tuesday's fire.
The police say they believe the
body Is that of Samuel Ash, a guest.
MILAN, Oblo, Feb. 11.?Thomas
A Edison. Milan's most distinguished
native son, is seventy-five years of
age today.
A message wishing him manv
happy returns of the day was wlr.?d
by the mayor and other officials
to Mr. Edison at his Fast Orange,
N. J., home this morning.
Senator Underwood of Alabnma,
the Democratic leader of the Senate
and a member of the American dele
gation to armament conference, Is
ill at his home here with bronchitis.
He has denied himself to all callers.
Complete Words
And Music
A Patriotic Song
Dedicated To the Memory of
The Martyred President,
By A. Gamse,
Will Be Given Away With
Cht Washington trims*
Sunday Morning
This brand-new, high-class
composition Is especially time
ly and appropriate, Sunday
being the annlversaray of
Abraham Lincoln's birthday
It* melody la delightful and
ita lyric pays eloquent tribute
to the memory of tha Great
Senate Irreconcilables Insist
Jhat Pacific Treaty Must
Be First Considered.
International ?*? Hrrrlce.
The four-power Pacific treaty un
expectedly provoked a stormy ses
sion of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee today when the members
began a preliminary survey of the
new international agreements evolv
ed by the armament conference.
For nearly two hours a heated dis
cussion of the various provisions of
the Pacific pact raged, and the com
mitteee finally adjourned until
Thursday without any agreement
being reached as to which of the
seven conference treaties should be
acted on first.
It had been anticipated the naval
treaty, as promising the least oppo
sition, would be considered first,
but several of the Senate "Irrecon
cilables" who are members of the
committee, insisted that the Pacific
treaty be taken up before any of
the others.
Railroads of the country were
held directly responsible for agri
cultural depression by Kdgar Wal
lace, representing the American
Federation of I^abor, before the
House Agricultural Committee to
Wallace indorsed the Sinclair
Ladd agricultural price stabiliza
tion bill and declared its enactment
necessary to offset high rail rates
on farm products.
"The present railroad freight rate*
are outrageous." he declared.
"They are the crux of the farming
depression. I believe a fair in
vestigation would show that the
high rail rates arc caused by
cliques among the stockholders or
the management."
President Harding has sent the
following letter of congratulation to
Thomas A. Edison, on the occasion
of the electrical wizard's seventy
fifth birthday anniversary today:
"My dear Mr. Edison:
"Senator Frelinghuysen has re
minded me of the fact that you are
to celebrate your seventy-fifth birth
day anniversary on February 11 and
I Am taking this occasion to send
you my congratulations and Very
best wishes. I hope you will have
many more years of happy service to
the world at large, such as you have
so generously given in the past.
"Very sincerely,
The greatest figure in Ireland to
day Is Michael Collins, idol of (he
Bmerald Isle. Read his personally
written story, "How Ireland Was
Freed and How Ireland Will Be
Governed," exclusively In The
\v ashing ton Times Sunday morning.
4 ' 1
Machine Guns Used In Belfast
? ~t * - . . ? -* ?
Craig Declares British Promise
Soldiers to Protect
Northern City.
1*7 Intfrmllnl Krwi fonrlr*.
BELFAST, Feb. 11.?Machine
gang were used by the police to
day in quelling rioting between
QrwKtnmma~mmA -6inn Feiners.
Fighting broke out when mobs
attacked workman on their ?ray
to their places of employment.
The police opened fire with serv
ice pistols, but they proved in
effectual and machine guns were
brought up.
Mobs Defy Curfew.
There was much disorder during
the night. Mobs gathered in de
fiance of the curfew regulations
and gave battle when the police
ti led to disperse them.
Great Britain has promised to
send four battalions of British
troops into Belfast to protect th*?
city from Irish republicans, accord
ing to a statement from Sir James
Craig, Unionist premier of Ulster,
Craig said that no time limit had
been set for the release of the Ul
ster hostages seised by the Irish
republicans, but that he would con
fer with the police and military au
thorities before taking any decisive
Word has been received from the
headquarters of the Irish republi
can army that there will be no
more raids over the Ulster frontier,
but that the Orangemen kidnaped
in Ulster will not be released until
the officers of the Irish republican
army, seized near Londonderry, are
released by the Ulsterites.
Sinn Feiners Seized,
A commandant of one of the
northern divisions of the Irish re
publican army und his staff were
all seized by Ulster Unionists last
Sunday while on their way to Derry
to a football match. When word
of the seizure of these men reach
ed the headquarters of the republi
can troops in Northern Leinster, re
prisal raids were organized.
More special police are being re
cruited here and the military police
authorities are preparing for any
There was considerable shooting
in the streets during the night,
and one or more bombs were ex
ploded, but no casualties were re
All British to It.- Freed.
DUBININ, Feb. 11.?Feeling be
tween the Orangemen and the Sinn
Feiners is running high along the
Ulster frontier, but no further
fighting had been reported this
The Irish provisional government
has Issued a decree signed by
Michael Collins, minister of finance,
granting general amnesty to '"all
members of the British military,
naval, and police forces for acts of
hostility to the Irish people."
This decree was to reciprocate the
British grant of amnesty to the Sinn
An armed hand held up a polite
lorry near Ltssard, relieving the oc
cupants of their rifles.
First Test of Strength.
LONDON, Feb. 11.?"The ra d Is
sue looms as the first test of strength
between the Irish Free State and
north Ireland (Ulster)" said a Dublin
dispatch to the Star today. "Sundiy
probably will see the turning point."
The British government Is releas
ing from Engl sh jails all Sinn Fein
prisoners found guilty of political of
fenses committed In Kngland pre
vious to the Irish truce, Colonial Sec
retary Winston Churchill announced
today. An .nvestlgatlon Is being
made of political offenses committed
since the truce cams Into effect.
?4 I
Girl Who Charges
Betrayal by
Mian Frances Birkhead, former
secretory-stenographer of Lee M.
Kussell, of Mississippi, who has
brought suit in the United States
federal Court for $100,000 dam
ages against the governor, charg
ing that he K.*trayed her. She
says he ruined her life and later,
with friends, threatened to put
her In an insane asylum. The
governor denies th^ charges and
says that it is part of a political
plot against him.
Miss Birkhead'* own story of
the case will be printed serially in
The Washington Times, begin
ning next week. Watch for it.
Also Forecasts Great Inventive
Age?Reports for Work
19 Minutes Late.
By International New? Service.
WK8T ORANGE, N. J., Feb. 11.?
Thomas A. Edison celebrated his
seventy-fifth birthday announcing
that the world Is on the threshold
of a great inventive era and that
America soon will enjoy a long
period of prosperity.
"We soon shall be able to hear
ants talk,"- he announced as he
explained that he was working to
Improve the amplifier that spreads
broadcast radio messages.
Mr. Edison shame facedly report
ed for work nineteen minutes late,
after all of his 4.000 employes had
punched the clock.
"It shan't happen again, he apol
ogized to the newspapermen when
he told them of h,s dereliction.
Today's tardiness, however, is offset
by the fact that he worked all Mon
day and Wednesday night, and until
1 a. m. Thursday morning, besides
putting In his regular day shift of
ten hours or so in each twenty-four.
The American Consul at Juarez
officially reported to the Slate De
partment today that a l>and of
twenty armed Mexicans crossed into
Mexico from the American side of
the Rio Grande on the night of
February 8 and 9, burned railway
bridges and tried to wreck the Mex
ican Express.
Tha Mexican government cavalry
Ihim Juarez ptiraued the raiders,
who had crossed between Guada
lupe and aragosa.
Alexandria Bar Association'*
Subcommittee May AdvO?at?
"* Prosecufion. ~ *
(Copyright, 1?I1, by Th* W?ihln|toii
Ttmaa Company.)
The second installment of the
Alexandria Bar Association's sub
committee's report will be made
this afternoon when it is expect
ed the committee will have fin
ished their task of compiling the
data on each divorce granted in
j "Little Reno." Criminal prose
i cution of some lawyers is being
advocated in Alexandria.
j From the tabulated report of
the sub-committee the committee
of the whole will make its rec
ommendations as to what action
I the association will take against
members of the divorce ring
whose activities have brought
their city into the limelight.
Criminal Action Forecast.
With more than six hundred cases
already tabulated one member of
the committee last night declared
that "enough" had been found to
warrant the prediction that not only
a change in the law would be advis
able but that drastic criminal action
must be taken against members of
the ring.
Figuratively speaking, the entire
membership of the ring has gotten
I onto the "band wagon" and have
j Joined in the clamor for a change
I in the law.
I Budwesky and Davis, the Little
Reno divorce kings, have declared
j that "we shall be glad to see the
guilty parties brought to Justice."
The records show that this firm
has done more divorce business
than any two law firms in Alex
andria. Judge Moncure, the Di
vorce Judge, was a member of the
firm, prior to his elevation to the
Agree Reform Is Needed.
Other members of the ring also
have declared there were many
loop holes in the law. each adding
his rwommendatlon to the general
Idea that new legislation is needed.
The declaration, made by mem
bers of the ring that unless new
divorce laws are passed conditions
cannot be Improved, was charac
terized as untrue by Frank Stuart,
Alexandria lawyer, leading the
forces to "clean up" the divorce
"New laws will not make honest
lawyers, witnesses, and courts,"
Stuart declared. "The present laws
that we have are sufficient if they
are lived up to. Our statutes on
divorces do not require false affi
davits which will secure a divorce In
Alexandria, and members of the ring,
as well as Moncure, know it."
Seek to Whitewash.
Efforts of the ring. It Is now be
ing freely predicted, will be first to
whitewash Moncure and, failing In
that, will be to try to save them
selves by declaring that the present
condition* are a result of the loop
holes in the law and not their own
criminal action.
"By seeking new legislation, mem
bers of the divorce ring will endeavor
to shift the blame for their own
misgivings," -Mr. Stuart stated this
"They expect to have the public
lose sight entirely of the fact that
they have violated the law n secur
ing Mrs. Raggett to make false affl
davits for them.
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